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There are many remarkable people around us in Hong Kong. Some of them are unsung heroes dedicated to helping others and contributing to a bigger cause. And others may have overcome adversity to achieve their personal best, demonstrating astonishing willpower and an optimistic, can-do attitude. Through its community projects and the Charities Trust’s donations to charities projects, the Club has played a supportive role in their heartwarming and inspiring stories. Here we salute these remarkable individuals and share their positive values of life.

Time Professor - Lam Tai-hing
05/2017
Professor Lam Tai-hing
Principal Investigator of HKJC’s FAMILY Project

“Standing downstream, we see many people drowning. Yet even if we jump in, we can’t save everyone. Someone has to go upstream and stop them from jumping in the first place.”

Realising prevention is the key to addressing issues in medicine and healthy living, Professor Lam Tai-hing, now 66, has spent most of his life working “upstream” where his research on the relationship between smoking and health has made vital contributions to tobacco control.

The significance of such responsibility has meant that Lam hardly has had any time for rest. Though an advocate for healthy living, he also has had zero time for exercise. He thus founded Zero Time Exercise to help busy Hongkongers work out at any time and any place, which not only helps them get fit, but also serves as a way for them to meet others as well as forge closer relations with family.

Lam is close not just to his wife but also to his parents-in-law – who are now both in their 90s. After 30 years of a happy marriage to his first love, Lam believes one of the greatest challenges in life is to uphold traditional family values and promote family harmony despite living in a changing modern society.

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“Once, I committed myself fully to my work and spent all of my time on academic research;
“Today, I redirect my time to family and health for the sake of wellbeing.”

“Once, I found my work at odds with my education ideals despite the generous pay;
Today, regardless of what I earn, I give my all to provide tailored learning opportunities to grassroots students.”

“Once, I focused only on myself;
Today, I understand that anyone can run fast, but only by gathering the strength of many can we go far – and this is why teamwork is key in football.”

“Once, I dreamt of becoming an inventor, but eventually gave up my ambitions;
Today, I nurture my dreams, and lead teachers and students to learn and enjoy chasing dreams without fear.”

"Once, I felt helpless when my family fell ill and no adequate support was available;
Today, I use my personal experience to treat all elderly persons with respect and to support those who care for them."

“Once, I stood undefeated in the face of adversity, and continued to improve myself;
Today, with football, I bring my beliefs halfway around the world to help more youths.”

“Once, I overcame hurdles aplenty to promote green living through horticulture, and to sow the seeds of good parenting;
Today, my efforts have borne fruit as green farming helps to foster parent-child relations and also contributes to community inclusion.”

“Once, I was non-engaged and knew not what lay ahead;
Today, I embrace possibilities and seek my life’s goals with multifaceted development.”

“Once, I was trapped in a world of my own;
Today, I emerge from behind the walls and find renewed hope in the future.”

“Once, I strayed off the path into crime.
Today, I use soccer to rewrite my life and help my peers correct their course.”

“Once, I persevered through all the adversities and obstacles, not a fear within me.
Today, I use my own experience to encourage and help those like me.”

“Once, I was reckless and gave up pursuing my dreams.
Today, I have achieved my dreams and gone beyond by guiding youths to boldly pursue theirs.”

“Once, I was besieged by obstacles and had nothing but fear for horses.
Today, having overcome my physical limitations, I find love in horses and life, and learn to live life to the full.”

“Once, I was in the trenches, enforcing the law and shouldering the burden of public safety.
Today, I bring laughter and happiness to newlywed couples by helping to ensure that their big day runs smoothly.”

"Once, I gave up studying law for music.
Today, I resolve to pursue my dream to help others through music."

"Once, I undertook mountain rescue missions with my friends.
Today, I help retirees reach new heights in their lives."

"Once, I insisted on chasing my dream even though I lacked support.
Today, I have not only fulfilled my dream but also contributed to community service."

"Once, I had to work harder than others to achieve my dreams.
Today, I represent Hong Kong and have won international competitions."

Once, I gained the courage to open up to others and my confidence grew stronger.
Today, I am helping my teammates to contribute to environmental protection."

"Once, my passion for the Fire Dragon Dance was the concern for its survival.
Today, I have helped conserve this cultural heritage for the next generation."

"Once, my talent and hard work were what got me noticed.
Today, I have realised my dream to perform internationally."

"Once, there were lots of obstacles, but I never stopped challenging myself.
Today, I have achieved breakthrough results for Hong Kong equestrian sports."

“Once, I was in the trenches, enforcing the law and shouldering the burden of public safety.
Today, I bring laughter and happiness to newlywed couples by helping to ensure that their big day runs smoothly.”

"Once, I witnessed the birth of HKUST, sharing its vision and efforts to nurture Hong Kong scientists.
Today, I am leading cross-disciplinary scientific research to an international level."